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Kuwait’s airport brace for summer rush, to raise degree of readiness

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Airlines operating at airport exceed 42

KUWAIT CITY, April 17: In the face of waning fears of COVID- 19 infections and the country taking necessary health measures by vaccinating a large number of citizens and residents, the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation lifting travel restrictions the concerned authorities at the airport are preparing to organize summer flights starting next May, the first in nearly two years, reports Al-Qabas daily. The plan for summer flight schedules this year is different as airlines are keen to fly to new travel destinations linking Kuwait to the world, which will lead to a significant revival of travel, also because the Eid Al-Fitr festival coincides with the summer vacation.

According to an airport source the current summer season will be different and more popular than the past two years, which saw the highest rate of reluctance to travel due to severe restrictions and intense health requirements in many airports around the world. The source pointed out that the airlines operating at the airport exceed 42 and they have presented their summer flight schedules for this summer season to choose new and diverse travel destinations that witness high demand from travelers, especially tourist destinations.

The source revealed the most popular travel destinations are Istanbul, Antalya, Mycanos, Bodrum, Paris, Tbilisi, Trabzon, Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Sarajevo, Vienna, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Bangkok, Sharm El Sheikh, Baku, Frankfurt, and Riyadh. In the meantime, the operational sectors at the airport are preparing to start the countdown to raise the degree of readiness to receive travelers who will spend their summer vacation outside the country. The source pointed out that the plan of the agencies operating at the airport depends on improving the general performance of the operational and support sectors, as well as developing and improving services provided to passengers, raising work efficiency and trying to accommodate the increase in the number of passengers and users of Kuwait International Airport.

The source added the incoming and departure halls and accompanying services are equipped to ensure the speedy completion of work, coordination with customs and the Ministry of the Interior to shorten entry and departure procedures, and the introduction of additional “counters” for incoming and outgoing passengers, especially during peak times, and the formation of a 24-hour working team to follow up the progress of business, ensuring that the required services are provided to travelers to the fullest, and submitting periodic reports.

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